Soviet Union: Who's That Man With the Tin Cup?

It's Mikhail Gorbachev, accomplished master of the delicate balancing act, who is making his biggest play yet for Western aid to help bail out his embattled perestroika

Integrating back into the world is a priority issue for the U.S.S.R. Today it is also a necessary issue, due to the economic straits of this country.

-- Soviet economist Grigori Yavlinsky

Yavlinsky, who advises both Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin, sounded what is rapidly becoming the predominant theme of Soviet policy. The nation needs enormous sums of Western aid to overhaul its collapsing economy. But it has no chance if it maintains a society largely walled off from the outside world. So Moscow is maneuvering to open the country to foreign influence in ways that might make not only Lenin...

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